- File Size: 720 KB
- Print Length: 272 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Glacier Press (February 19, 2013)
- Publication Date: February 19, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BIB2BCA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,219,662 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Assigned to Murder Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
So enjoyable book but only a #3, don't look for the next in series
Young glacier guide Philippa Barnes is still recovering from her parents’ sudden death when her old flatmate Kirsten, a journalist, is murdered near a picturesque lake. When Kirsten’s brother Jack asks Philippa to help dig deeper into what Kirsten was investigating, Philippa finds herself on a treacherous journey involving family secrets, human frailties, and long-buried crimes. At the same time a diarist tries to come to terms with a past horror.
Good murder mysteries have strong characters as well as puzzling plots. Overall, McCormack does well on that front. Although I was a little slow to warm to Philippa (who seemed a touch annoying at first), her depth and complexity comes out as the story progresses, and there is an interesting and well-drawn wider cast. McCormack has a nice touch for the emotional intricacies of human relationships, although her characters’ dialogue is at times a little unrealistic, filled with more exposition than subtext. More absorbing slow burn than cracking page-turner, Assigned to Murder trundles along for a while before hitting its stride, then finishing strongly.
Overall, there are plenty of good things (some very good) about this debut effort, and I look forward to seeing what McCormack comes up with next.